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Grilled Moroccan Chicken Kebobs Recipe

This grilled Moroccan Chicken recipe is a healthy option for grilled chicken, comfort food spices flavor the tender chicken for easy, healthy entertaining.

Moroccan marinated Chicken Kabobs

Im always looking for flavorful foods that are somewhat healthy to be able to serve for company.  These Grilled Moroccan Chicken Kebobs work beautifully and the fact that they are super easy to make and I can pretty much prepare them ahead of time up until the grilling makes them a natural choice for entertaining.

What is Moroccan Chicken?

  • Moroccan chicken is usually made in a stockpot by braising whole pieces of chicken for a long time with moroccan spices.
  • It can have the addition of fruits such as apricots, almonds and vegetables such as carrots, red peppers and zucchini in the braise.
  • The spices that are common to many Moroccan chicken recipes are cinnamon, paprika, turmeric, cumin and coriander.

Tips to consider when Making Moroccan Chicken Kebobs

  • Be sure and cut the chicken into equal sizes.  This will allow for even cooking.  If you have some pieces that are small and some large, the smaller ones will be dry and possibly burnt by the time the larger ones are cooked.

    Large Chicken breast cubes for Moroccan Chicken

  • Marinate the chicken in the zip lock bag for a minimum of an hour. This allows the chicken to fully absorb a lot of the spice flavors. (you can leave them in the marinade for up to 24 hours.)
  • When you are placing the chicken onto the kebabs/skewers place them on gently and don’t pack them too tightly.
  • A little space is ok (even better) but if they touch don’t pack them super close.  This is so the chicken can be touched by the heat.  
  • If you pack them too tightly, its harder for the chicken to cook evenly.
Moroccan Chicken on skewers on the grill
  • I prefer metal skewers like these here on Amazon because I don’t like to take the time to soak wood ones so they don’t burn.    But any skewer you have will work.

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Yield: 4

Grilled Moroccan Chicken Kebobs

This grilled Moroccan Chicken recipe is a healthy option for grilled chicken, comfort food spices flavor the chicken so you wont even realize how healthy you're eating!

This grilled Moroccan Chicken recipe is a healthy option for grilled chicken, comfort food spices flavor the tender chicken for easy, healthy entertaining. 

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds chicken breasts, skinless, boneless
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ginger, (fresh, grated)
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Instructions

  1. Cut chicken in to 2" cubes, making sure to cut them all equal in size so they cook evenly. Set aside.
  2. Into a small bowl, combine all other ingredients and stir to mix well.
  3. Into a large ziplock bag, pour bowl of spice/oil mixture. Then place chicken cubes into the bag.
  4. Press all air from bag, then seal the bag. Move the seasoning all around once the bag is sealed so that all chicken is covered with the marinade.
  5. Allow to marinate for at least an hour, up to 24 hours before grilling. (Leave in the fridge during this process.)
  6. Preheat grill to medium high.
  7. While grill is heating up, place chicken cubes onto skewers/kabob sticks. Do not over fill the kebob, you want there to be as much chicken area to be able to be exposed to the flame. The chicken can touch, but don't press it super tightly.
  8. Place the skewers on the hot grill, leaving 2 inches in between the skewers. Watch for hotspot and keep the chicken from flame ups. Every grill heats to different temperature, but I grilled the kebobs for 7 minutes on one side, then 5 on the other. I always cut into a couple of pieces to make sure chicken is fully cooked and that there is no pink remaining.
  9. Serve immediately. (Serving options, serve over rice or along side grilled vegetables. (This marinade also works well with veggies!)

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

4 Servings

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 273Saturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 145mgSodium: 855mgCarbohydrates: 3gSugar: 1gProtein: 48g
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Justin Tyme

Sunday 11th of February 2018

If you want to avoid wasting chicken, put any smaller pieces on one skewer and put them on the grill after the others have cooked for a while. Also, you can fold longer chicken pieces as you put the them on the skewer and put them closer together instead of leaving space between the pieces.

Madi

Wednesday 7th of February 2018

This sounds like such an incredible meal! I need to try making it!

Michaela Kenkel

Monday 5th of February 2018

Seriously amazing flavors!! Thanks for all of the grilling tips!!

Sandra Shaffer

Sunday 4th of February 2018

Delicious flavors and such a great tip to cut the chicken the same size! It does make a difference when some are cooked too quickly.

Debra C.

Sunday 4th of February 2018

I love all of the spices you've used here and the tips for making kabobs, it's time to fire up the girl!!

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